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Best Wedding Officiants in Washington DC

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West Springfield, VA 22150 Rating

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5.0 (2)

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All Faiths Wedding Officiant is an English and Spanish-speaking wedding officiant in West Springfield with 30 years of experience. Bilingual services are available for all faiths, interfaith, religious, non-denominational, LGBT, no-faith, and civil ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds, including Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim. The group specializes in military weddings, and short-notice weddings can also be accommodated. Rev. Dan Kane is an ordained Roman Catholic priest and is a pastor with a number of groups including the International Council of Community Churches, the National Association of Wedding Ministers, and the American Association of Wedding Officiants. Rev. Kane has also donated his time to the Yaqui Indians in Mexico and immigrants in the US, and All Faiths has won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award from 2010 to 2016.

Washington, DC 20001 Rating

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4.9 (80)
5.0 (4)

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DC Elopements handles wedding officiating in Washington. The group of non-denominational ceremony officiants guides couples to the best options for marriage license applications, legal LGBT marriages, and the best wedding vendors and venues in DC and has six different service categories. Clients can opt for a marriage license Application by Proxy Service, low-budget Express Marriage Service, Elopement Packages, or a Full Wedding Ceremony Officiant Service for those who actually prefer a full customized wedding. DC Elopements also lists a number of preferred vendors for various other wedding day needs on its site, is a member of The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame, and took home a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in 2015.

Bowie, MD 20715 Rating

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5.0 (1)

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Sweetheart Wedding Vows is a wedding officiant service in Bowie. All couples are welcome, and brides and grooms can receive help writing their vows, can opt for a traditional or modern ceremony, and can work with the officiants on unique ideas to reflect their own personal story. Clients can also request a custom package or decide on one of the company's pre-set options such as the Classic Ceremony Package, Vow Renewal/Military Discount Ceremony Package, Signature Service, and Holiday Weddings with optional Unity Ceremonies including a Sand Ceremony, Tasting of the 4 Elements, or a Unity Candle. Sweetheart Wedding is known for its warmth and friendliness, can also apply for and pick up the marriage license, and is a Certified Vendor on Here Comes The Guide.

Compare our Top Wedding Officiants

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All Faiths Wedding Officiant
West Springfield, VA 22150
DC Elopements
Washington, DC 20001
Sweetheart Wedding Vows
Bowie, MD 20715


  • Introduction

    Planning a wedding is a lot of work. You have numerous tasks and responsibilities. Even if you opt to hire a wedding planner, your input is required for everything. One of the decisions you need to make is who will marry you. Choosing your wedding officiant can be a challenging undertaking.

    If you have a religious background and are a regular member of a church, synagogue or other house of worship, the choice is probably easy. But if not, you may want something less traditional. You can choose a professional or ask a close friend or family member if they would be willing to officiate the ceremony. These FAQs can help you make a decision about your wedding officiant.
  • What is a wedding officiant?

    A wedding officiant, also called marriage officiant, is an individual with the legal authority to perform wedding ceremonies. Local judges and clergy members commonly act as wedding officiants. But, nearly anyone can obtain the necessary certification to become an officiant, although requirements vary from state to state.

  • What does a wedding officiant do?

    The main role of a wedding officiant is to lead and perform the marriage ceremony. They must follow state law to ensure the union becomes official. Wedding officiants draft what they’ll say at the ceremony, often with input from the engaged couple. Some of their associated duties are signing and filing the marriage license.

  • Can you officiate your own wedding?

    Officiating your own wedding is referred to as self-solemnizing. This practice is only legal in a few states, including Colorado, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Kansas, Maine, Illinois, California, and Washington, D.C. The rules governing self-solemnizing in these jurisdictions differ. All states legally recognize self-uniting marriages that are properly performed in a state where they're permitted.

  • What do you call a person who officiates a wedding?

    A marriage officiant’s title depends on who they are and what they do. For example, clergy members are called reverend, father, minister, rabbi, pastor. Common titles of civil marriage officiants are judge, your honor, magistrate, or mayor. Friends and family members who get temporary officiant status usually have no title.

  • Who can officiate a wedding?

    The individuals who are allowed to officiate a wedding depends on the laws of the state where the ceremony is performed. Typically, most clergy members and certain civil officers can perform marriage ceremonies. Many states also permit other individuals to obtain temporary officiant authorization or to become ordained to perform a marriage.

  • Can a notary officiate a wedding?

    Public notaries may perform marriage ceremonies in only a few states. They include Florida, Maine, South Carolina, Montana, and Nevada. Of course, a notary may officiate a wedding in other states if the state they’re in allows individuals to become wedding officiants, and the notary follows those guidelines.